1. The Stanford Prison Experiment was a psychological study conducted by
Professor Philip Zimbardo.
The experiment demonstrated the “power of the
The set up of the fake jail and the opposing sides forced the participants into 2
different power roles. Forced people to behave and act different esp. when put into
extremely different circumstances than normal, out of element made it easier to act in
2. In “The Violence of Legal Acts,” Robert Cover states, “legal interpretation takes
place in a field of pain and death.”
Cover examines the relationship between law
and violence and argues that
It takes force to make sure law is being followed, therefore the force is necessary to
ensure the law. Justified when done as a legal act, fear of violence needs to be put into
peoples head to follow the law, the fear of jail needs to be put into people’s heads so they
are more likely to follow the law, the ability to put someone in jail and strip them of their
rights is a form of violence through law.
3. In his “Address to the Prisoners in the Cook County Jail,” Clarence Darrow
states, “the fellows who control the earth make the laws.”
By this, Darrow is
People are in jail due to circumstances beyond their control. Many prisoners are
there because they were not good enough at illegally obtaining essential means to
survive, (ex. Money).
The fellows that control the earth obtained the means they needed
for survival either illegally or legally in the correct way, therefore they do not up in jail.
Wealthy have the power and they are protected by the law.
4. In class, we looked at Stanley Milgram's experiment on obedience
How does this study relate to other perspectives on obedience, power
and authority addressed in class and in readings?
This experiment showed that they power of authority can control people to do
actions that are not morally correct, and would normally not have been done. The peoples
obedience to the authority showed that the people were scared to not follow authority’s
orders. Concluded there are 2 ways people behave, in the autonomy state (normal state),
and as agents in a system, you as an individual plug in and adhere to those who are higher
In the readings many people followed the law in the autonomy state, or going
against authority by following their moral views.
5. Which of the following statements contradicts the conclusion in
Tom Tyler's study on why people obey the law?
Individuals act and make decisions based on fear of getting caught, and deterrence.
Also the instrumental view which is the belief in the deterence, self interested
individuals, and that we want what is good for us and avoid what is bad, and work off of